Add 'Downloads' to Start Menu

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Security' started by munchie, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. munchie

    munchie Guest

    I've noticed the default Start Menu has direct links to folders like
    Documents, Music, and Pictures. More than any of those, I really love
    my Downloads folder. Is there anyway to add this to the Start Menu?

    Thanks,

    - Munchie
     
    munchie, Oct 3, 2007
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  2. munchie

    Dave Guest

    I don't know if you can add it to the right side, but you can add it to the
    left side..
    In Windows Explorer, drag the Downloads folder to the Start button, it will
    create a shortcut.
     
    Dave, Oct 3, 2007
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  3. munchie

    munchie Guest

    Good enough! Thanks for the quick reply.
     
    munchie, Oct 3, 2007
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  4. munchie

    Jesper Guest

    This is really close:
    1 Right-click the gray area on the start menu and select properties
    2. Click the Customize... button
    3. Scroll down and select "Display as a menu" under "Personal folder"
    4. Click OK twice.
    5. Click the Start menu
    6. Click your user name

    There is your Downloads folder. If you want to open it just double-click on
    it.
     
    Jesper, Oct 3, 2007
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  5. munchie

    bmn Guest

    I know this is an old thread but it came up when I searched wanting the
    same thing as the OP.
    The last poster said something about the "Personal folder" this is the
    Documents folder, not the Downloads folder.

    To replace one of the Documents, Pictures, Music etc items go to the
    following two registry keys:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell
    Folders
    and
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User
    Shell Folders

    and change the value of the one you want to replace.
    EG: To replace the Documents item with Downloads change the data value
    for 'Personal' to 'C:\Users\_user_name_\Downloads' and
    '%USERPROFILE%\Downloads' respectively.
     
    bmn, Apr 20, 2008
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  6. munchie

    green_link Guest

    doing that changes the 'Documents' in the user folder to 'downloads' so
    that there are two. that's annoying :mad:

    you need to change one more key in
    'HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell
    Folders'. in my registry it is '{374DE290-123F-4565-9164-39C4925E467B}'
    but i could be different for you. if it is just look for
    '%USERPROFILE%\Downloads' in the data colum (note: not the one you have
    changed), and it should give you your 'Documents' folder back.

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    green_link, May 26, 2008
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  7. munchie

    t-4-2 Guest

    Hello munchie
    Why not just put a downloads shortcut on the desktop
     
    t-4-2, May 26, 2008
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  8. munchie

    Daisame Guest

    There has to be a way to add a registry entry to create a new button
    that opens the folder rather than renaming a current button.
     
    Daisame, Jun 22, 2008
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  9. munchie

    Dave T. Guest

    No registry change! In windows explorer, right click "downloads", click
    "send to", click "desktop (create shortcut)", then drag the shortcut to
    the start orb. Viola.

    --
    Dave T.

    Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach a
    person to use the internet and they won't bother you for
    weeks.
     
    Dave T., Jun 22, 2008
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  10. munchie

    Daisame Guest

     
    Daisame, Jun 22, 2008
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  11. munchie

    Dave T. Guest

    That's odd, it works on my machine. The new shortcut is in the list on
    the left side of the start menu, and is a folder unto itself not a sub
    of one of the other folders.
     
    Dave T., Jun 22, 2008
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  12. munchie

    Daisame Guest

    I have a feeling you are talking about the Top of the Left area. Wher
    the other quick launch icons are. There are numerous posts on how to pu
    a folder there. We are talking about the right side of the start men
    that currently holds things like the link to the control panel and th
    Documents and Music folders, etc
     
    Daisame, Jun 22, 2008
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  13. munchie

    Daniel Petri Guest

    And what, if I may ask, is the difference WHERE the shortcut is? Left part,
    right part, as long as it's there doesn't it serve its purpose?

    Just my $0.02.

    --
    Sincerely,

    Daniel Petri
    MVP, Senior IT consultant, trainer
    www.petri.co.il
     
    Daniel Petri, Jun 22, 2008
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  14. munchie

    Daisame Guest

    Asside from it not being the way some (incuding myself) would like it
    it also requires that the original shortcut stay where it is. If yo
    move or delete it, the link in the top of the start menu does not work

    It would be more elegant for the user to add the folder along side th
    others of the same type
     
    Daisame, Jun 22, 2008
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  15. munchie

    Dave T. Guest

    Your opinion is the reason I posted what I thought was a common sense
    approach. I guess some people just like to futz with the registry.
     
    Dave T., Jun 22, 2008
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    t-4-2 Guest

    It's beyond my comprehension. I said it befoe and I am saying it agai
    " What's wrong with putting a shortcut on the DESKTOP ? " Wouldn't it b
    faster? You won't even have to click Start button
     
    t-4-2, Jun 22, 2008
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